Eleanor J. Bader is a Brooklyn-based teacher and freelance writer whose work is regularly published on blogs and in print publications including Kirkus Reviews, Lilith Magazine, Rewire.News, Theasy.com and Truthout.org.
Toni Siegel and her husband, Peter Sturtevant, had been married for 29 years when Peter, a former CBS television executive, was diagnosed with an unusually aggressive form of Parkinson’s…disease. Within months of the diagnosis, their lives were upended. They not only had to deal with Peter’s declining health, but also had to hire a 24-hour-a-day caregiver so that he could remain at home. Siegel and Sturtevant tell their story in “CARE,” a new film that showcases the growing care crisis in the United States.… >> Read More
You’ve heard the stereotype: Jewish parents are obsessed with education, hell-bent on finding the best schools for their children. Of course, like all hackneyed tropes, this one rests on an…often-real foundation: most of us want our children to do as well, and as much, as possible. But if you venture into certain Hasidic communities, another reality is operative. These communities seek to keep "outside influences" away from residents, leaving some kids in Borough Park, Crown Heights, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn; the Rockland County, New York cities… >> Read More
When Robert Meeropol was 6 years old and his brother Michael was 10, their biological parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed by the US government, in a case that still shocks, compels…and divides the country. It was 1953. The Cold War was in full flower and Ethel and Julius were caught up in a political climate that demanded retribution. In this climate, the Rosenbergs were found guilty of espionage and conspiracy to give military secrets to the Soviets after a 1951 trial. Much drama was at… >> Read More